61* – Movie – (NR)--HBO and Director Billy Crystal bring to life the summer of 1961, when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle took on Babe Ruth's record--the 1927 single-season 60 home run slam. It would be a summer that no one would forget. Mickey Mantle is a Yankee favorite, easy going, hard drinking, seemingly the natural heir to his predecessors Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Also at bat is a young Midwesterner, Roger Maris, quiet and soft-spoken, he doesn't have the chutzpah that a sports legend should. Maris is Mantle's opposite in almost every way, yet they forge a deep and supportive friendship. As the summer of 1961 unfolds, both Maris and Mantle find themselves approaching Babe Ruth's benchmark of 60 home runs. Facing mounting pressure from the media and the stands, they both know there's only room for one winner. The people make their choice known. But the people's favorite isn't the favorite to win.
61* (NR) 128 minutes